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Diary of a Goldfish

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blogging Against Disablism Day will be on 1st May, 2012

Blogging Against Disablism 2012 is now underway. Please click here for this year's event.

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2012
The seventh annual Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Tuesday, 1st May. This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination. In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we've made.

How to take part.

1. Post a comment below to say you intend to join in. I will then add you to the list of participants on the sidebar of this blog. Everyone is welcome.

2. Spread the word by linking to this site, displaying our banner and/ or telling everyone about it on blogs, newsgroups, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and so on. The entire success of Blogging Against Disablism Day depends entirely on bloggers and readers telling other bloggers and readers in advance.

3. Write a post on the subject of disability discrimination, disablism or ableism and publish it on May 1st - or as close as you are able. Podcasts, videocasts and on-line art are also welcome. You can cover any subject, specific or general, personal, social or political. In the previous six BADD, folks have written about all manner of subjects, from discrimination in education and employment, through health care, parenting, family life and relationships, as well as the interaction of disablism with racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. Every year I have been asked, so it's worth saying; the discrimination experienced by people with mental ill health is disablism, so naturally posts about that are welcome too.

You can see the archives for previous years here: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Blogging Against Disablism Day is not a carnival of previously published material. The point about doing this around one day (or there abouts) is that it is a communal effort and all the posts connect to one another. You can of course use your own post to promote other things you've written in the past as you wish.

4. Come back here to Diary of a Goldfish on the day to let everyone know that you've posted and to check out what other people have written. I shall post links to everyone's posts (slowly) throughout the day, creating an archive. However, I do need you to comment and leave the URL of your post or else I shan't find your post and won't be able to link to it.

This year, we have a Twitter account @BADDtweets, where there will be tweets about posts and updates to the archive during the day.


Naturally, Blogging Against Disablism Day invites contributions from people with all variety of impairments and none at all. You are welcome to contribute with podcasts, video-blogging or anything else that allows you to take part. And whilst May 1st is when this all takes place, nobody who happens to have a bad day that Tuesday is going to be left out of the archive.

If anyone has any questions about web accessibility, I recommend the Accessify Forum. I am not an expert on web accessibility myself, so if there are any suggestions about how I can make this day more accessible, please e-mail me at diaryofagoldfish at googlemail.com

The Linguistic Amnesty

Whilst discussions about language and the way it can be used to oppress or empower us are more than welcome, please respect the language that people use, particularly to describe themselves in their own contributions. We all have personal preferences, there are cultural variations and different political positions which affect the language we use. Meanwhile, non-disabled contributors can become nervous about using the most appropriate language to use, so please cut everyone as much slack as possible on the day.

At the same time, do not feel you have to use the same language that I do, even to talk about "disablism". If you prefer to blog against disability discrimination, ableism or blog for disability equality, then feel free to do so.

In 2008 I wrote a basic guide to the Language of Disability which I hope might explain some of the thinking behind the different language disabled people prefer to use about themselves.

Links & Banners

To link back to this post, simply copy and paste the following code:

These banners have seemed popular over the last couple of years and I am yet to think of anything better. If anyone fancies editing these images or coming up with something new, then please do so. You are free to use and mess with these as you like, so long as you use them in support of Blogging Against Disablism Day. If you already have the banner, you just need to change the URL that it links to from last year's BADD. Otherwise, you simply need to copy the contents of one of these boxes and paste it on your blog, in a post or on the sidebar as you like. The banners come in two colour combinations and two sizes. The sizes are a 206 pixels square or 150 x 200 pixels.

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2012This is the black and white banner which reads "Blogging Against Disablism". Here's the code for the square one:

And here's the code for the narrower one (which can be seen here):

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2012This is the colourful banner which reads "Blogging Against Disablism". This is the code for the square one:

And here's the code for the narrower one (which can be seen here):

Please leave a (comment including the URL of your blog) to let everyone know you are joining in and I shall add a link to you on the sidebar. Also, if you have any questions, please ask.

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Comments on "Blogging Against Disablism Day will be on 1st May, 2012"


Blogger Funky Mango said ... (12:21 PM) : 

I'm in!



Blogger Stephen said ... (12:25 PM) : 

Very much looking forward to it all!



Anonymous Gary Miller said ... (1:28 PM) : 

Hi Goldfish,

Looking forward it to it!

As usual, I'll do my best to spread the word.

Accessible Web & Training Services


Blogger BenefitScroungingScum said ... (2:41 PM) : 

Yeay! Count me in, BG


Blogger James said ... (6:13 PM) : 

Hoping to contribute, as always!



Anonymous Ruth Madison said ... (8:02 PM) : 

I'll be there! www.ruthmadison.com


Anonymous Truly Able said ... (8:08 PM) : 

I'm in!


Blogger Dad said ... (9:06 PM) : 

Timely http://grandadspaintingprogress.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/aftre-guernica.html


OpenID gimptude.com said ... (10:08 PM) : 

I'm in this time!



Blogger Never That Easy said ... (1:06 AM) : 

I'm so, so in! (And would also like to offer to help, if things start to get overwhelming. Just in case.)


Anonymous LL said ... (7:16 PM) : 

Laura Legendary of the Accessible Insights blog has participated for the past two years, and will again this year. Check out my submission at http://accessibleinsights.info/blog/ on May 1.


Blogger Jen said ... (12:30 AM) : 

Thanks for your continued dedication to this day. I'm so in.


Anonymous s.e. smith said ... (4:17 PM) : 

I'll be writing on this ain't livin'! (http://www.meloukhia.net)


Blogger Olivier Nourry said ... (4:46 PM) : 

Will definitely be a part of it!


OpenID ukwebfocus said ... (8:38 PM) : 

Happy to publish a post. My blog is at



Anonymous florida gator forum said ... (9:59 PM) : 

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.


Blogger Allison Nastoff said ... (12:13 AM) : 

I look forward to participating again this year! The title of my blog is still Gilbert and Me, but my address has changed to http://gilbertandme.wordpress.com.
P.S. Thank you so much for removing word verification from your blog! Blogs without this "feature" are so much more accessible and welcoming to people who are blind like me and people with other disabilities that make captchas difficult or impossible.


Anonymous Sarah Lewthwaite said ... (9:12 AM) : 

I'm in! Can't wait. Great stuff Goldfish. Looking forward to reading everyone's contributions :)


Anonymous Louise said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Hi, I will be be blogging about research I did (unpublished) about disabled agricultural workers and farming this year.

It will be on:


Thanks :-)

Louise Watch aka Crip_tic


Blogger Sam Downie said ... (12:20 PM) : 

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Blogger Sam Downie said ... (12:21 PM) : 

I should have said that:

(a) I'm in and will post a blog on MAY 1st

(b) which you can find, online at my Epilepsy blog at:




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:57 PM) : 

meezergeezer.com/againstit/ (nothing there yet)


Blogger Louna said ... (1:15 PM) : 

I'm in!


Blogger 90 pounds of angry said ... (4:29 AM) : 

Count me in!


Intractable and Implacable :)


Blogger Dave Hingsburger said ... (10:33 AM) : 

I'm in



Anonymous SJ said ... (5:29 PM) : 

I'll be happy to join in again!



Anonymous Madison Claire Foundation said ... (8:42 PM) : 

Madison Claire Foundation would love to participate as well!



Anonymous Tori said ... (4:35 AM) : 

I'd like to participate this year.



Blogger sazzyactivist said ... (10:06 AM) : 

I would like to be involved



Blogger sazzyactivist said ... (10:06 AM) : 

I would like to be involved



Blogger ATOS STORIES said ... (10:09 AM) : 

We're there! Brilliant and necessary.


Anonymous Ben Moore said ... (12:11 PM) : 

1st may is it? Fair enough, count me in.


Blogger sazzyactivist said ... (5:32 PM) : 

This comment has been removed by the author.


Blogger sazzyactivist said ... (5:36 PM) : 

Hi, just checking that the list of blogs is the up to date one? if it is the wrong year has been written :-)


OpenID ukwebfocus said ... (6:15 PM) : 

I've written my post on my ukwebfocus.wordpress.com blog and will publish on 1 May


Blogger CapriUni said ... (10:18 PM) : 

I'll be in again, this year... posting over at Plato's Nightmare / Aesop's Dream


Anonymous flo(disabledmedic) said ... (6:29 PM) : 

I would like to make me BADD debut =]



Blogger librarian.mobile said ... (7:48 PM) : 

I'm in!


Blogger Criquaer said ... (2:26 PM) : 

I shall do my best - body-willing - to contribute on teh day or as soon as able thereafter. %)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:36 PM) : 

I'll be there:

Kate Bennell


OpenID Steve said ... (4:06 PM) : 

A very novel idea. It is certainly something I would like to take part in.


Blogger Fibro-Girl said ... (5:05 PM) : 

Absolutely im in :)


Anonymous Robyn said ... (11:16 PM) : 

I will be blogging on Tuesday, nzs time. great idea!


Blogger Spaz Girl said ... (11:48 PM) : 

College is eating my very soul but I will try my very best to get my post up in time for BADD!!!!


OpenID jennifersommerness said ... (5:39 AM) : 

Very much looking forward to it!

Welcome Spoken Here


Anonymous rebecca said ... (7:51 AM) : 

I'll write something.



Anonymous Makulatur said ... (8:37 AM) : 


I only have a tumblr (http://makulatur.tumblr.com) but I'd like to take part. I hope I can make to get a small article ready in time.


Anonymous Matthew Smith said ... (2:41 PM) : 

I'm in! My blog is Indigo Jo Blogs.


Blogger Virginia Moffatt said ... (3:23 PM) : 

Hi there, brilliant idea, will be blogging.


Blogger Virginia Moffatt said ... (3:24 PM) : 

I will be blogging at A Room of my Own http://giniamoffatt.blogspot.com


Anonymous Wendy Bradley said ... (4:41 PM) : 

I hope to join in


Blogger Audacity Filmworks said ... (1:31 AM) : 

I'm at http://askawheeler.blogspot.com (and have posted my entry already).


Anonymous Meda said ... (5:34 AM) : 

Hello! I hope to participate. (andromedalogic.tumblr.com)


Anonymous Carly Findlay said ... (1:26 PM) : 

Hey I'm in - carlyfindlay.blogspot.com :) great initiative


Blogger Penny L. Richards said ... (3:54 PM) : 

DSTU will try to be back for our seventh BADD--might not be me penning the entry this go-round, but we'll have something I suspect.


Blogger E. said ... (3:01 AM) : 

Please add my disabled parenting blog




Blogger pseudodeviant said ... (8:43 AM) : 

I'll try and get something up! Looking forward to it this year x


Blogger Slightly wonky said ... (12:39 PM) : 

I'm looking forward to joining in with this.



Anonymous Terri Mauro said ... (2:06 PM) : 

I'm planning to participate again this year.



Anonymous Kimberley Tew said ... (2:34 PM) : 

Count me in, it'll be my first for BADD (hopefully of many!).

It'll be at kimberleytew.com


Anonymous Truly Able said ... (3:56 PM) : 

Mine is up a day early! :)
"Why are so many people with disabilities unemployed?" http://trulyable.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/why-are-so-many-people-with-disabilities-unemployed/


Anonymous Laura said ... (5:23 PM) : 

We're in! (Sorry for late notice.) http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog


Anonymous Amanda said ... (6:46 PM) : 

I'm in. I've posted a day early in case I'm unable to tomorrow. Here are my two posts for BADD. First, Caregiver Abuse Takes Many Forms. Then, Pulling Back Curtains. They are both about different kinds of caregiver abuse. The first, various abuses of power. The second, serial killers in caregiving roles and barriers to them getting caught or even seen as doing something wrong. 


Anonymous Robyn said ... (8:53 PM) : 

Its 8 am May 1 here. Dismantling disableism - three powerful tools
Looking forward to reading everyone else's


Blogger narrator said ... (9:01 PM) : 

I'll be there from http://speedchange.blogspot.com/
- Ira Socol
"Toppling Transactionalism"


Blogger Eggshelled Lawyer said ... (9:04 PM) : 

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Blogger Eggshelled Lawyer said ... (9:06 PM) : 

Off to a great start with my typos...

I'll have a go. Looking forward to reading everyone else's contributions.



Anonymous R. Larkin Taylor-Parker said ... (10:19 PM) : 

I will be there. This is my blog:



Anonymous kit said ... (10:27 PM) : 

I wrote a big comment, then my phone ate it.

I found out about this less than an hour ago. I intend to join in, on the subject of "I can manage, why can't you?" and "You close yesterday, you should today.". I've had a bit of experience with that recently.

My blog is thewanderingmonster.wordpress.com . My post will go up a few hours after I get up, as I haven't written it yet. It is as yet untitled.


Blogger Karen said ... (10:28 PM) : 

Oh my. It crept up on me. I will endeavor to post a new blog entry:


But if I can't figure out how to work this into my blog's theme, I'll at least Storify something. I've been thinking a lot about disabilities, hidden and otherwise.


Blogger Lisa said ... (10:42 PM) : 

Sign up http://lisybabe.blogspot.co.uk and http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.co.uk


Blogger The Goldfish said ... (1:09 AM) : 

Thank everybody!

This year's Blogging Against Disablism Day is now Underway.

Please click here to read the posts and add yours to the archive.


Anonymous Tori said ... (4:19 AM) : 

I've posted "Scared to Ask":



Anonymous Andrea said ... (5:21 AM) : 

The team at AthletesFirst will be joining in - www.athletesfirst.ca

Great idea - very much looking forward to it!


Anonymous Youth - Fit to Lead said ... (5:59 AM) : 

We're in! Youth - Fit to Lead: http://youthfit2lead.wordpress.com/blog/


Blogger Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone said ... (7:46 AM) : 

Terrified but suddenly in.

Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone


Blogger pseudodeviant said ... (9:44 AM) : 

Ok, I've done my post! It's here http://pseudo-living.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/24-hours-in-my-life-badd-2012.html

or my blogs URL is www.pseudo-living.blogspot.co.uk


OpenID ukwebfocus said ... (10:32 AM) : 

I have published my post on Aversive Disablism, Web Accessibility and the Web Developer which poses the question: "are web developers and web authors who have embraced WCAG guidelines unknowingly creating barriers for people with disabilities?".


Blogger Fibro-Girl said ... (10:42 AM) : 

Ok here's my 1st ever Blog for BADD - Blue Badge Vigilante's

Thanks cant wait to read them all later


Blogger Michael Watson said ... (2:32 PM) : 

This comment has been removed by the author.


OpenID gimpvt said ... (2:35 PM) : 

Oops, that link won't work. This one should do it.


Blogger 90 pounds of angry said ... (3:02 PM) : 

My post for Blogging Against Dis is complete. My apologies for it's length!


Anonymous Kate Bennell said ... (3:03 PM) : 

Hello there! My name is Kate Bennell and I work for the charity Sightsavers. I started blogging about life with a disability on the Sightsavers website last year and have written a blog about discrimination (negative and positive) in the workplace for BADD - I hope you enjoy reading it.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:27 PM) : 

Everyone at Pat's Petition says how great it is to take part in Blogging Against Disablism Day!

Please share and get every one to sign Pat's Petition at -


Share button on petition

Also see Pat's Petition on FaceBook



OpenID gimpvt said ... (4:09 PM) : 

Thanks for hosting this event. I know it is an enormous amount of work.

I have published a piece entitled "Disability, Identity, and Loss".
Here is the URL: http://wp.me/pTjho-8Q

Again, thanks for doing this. I feel honored to be a part of it.


Blogger DavidG said ... (9:11 PM) : 

My BADD post, The Price of Hate, is up at Where's the Benefit? http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/price-of-hate-badd2012.html

I've been trying to write this since Christmas, BADD finally gave me the impetus to do it.


Blogger pissedoff2011 said ... (9:12 PM) : 

Hi. I would like to be added, please. I have written a blog. It's my first. Thankyou.



Blogger 90 pounds of angry said ... (9:37 PM) : 

I have written a ridiculously long post on the lack of new-build neighourhoods offering accessible family housing in Canada. I believe that this is a silent and ongoing form of segregation. It may not be intentional but it is still wrong.
Believe it or not I'm actually funny in person...


Anonymous Jennifer Sommerness said ... (9:40 PM) : 

Just posted about disabilism and inclusive practices!



Blogger Patrick Black said ... (3:54 AM) : 

I know I'm late, but here's my post for this year - http://teachingall.blogspot.com/2012/05/badd-blending-in.html


Blogger Hannah Morgan said ... (8:45 AM) : 

Have written a post for the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) blog on the contribution disability studies can and should make to challenging disablism


Anonymous Sitting Duck said ... (5:36 PM) : 

The Disablism of Cruel Endings
Let’s face it all relationships end badly - either in death, separation or divorce, what right have I got to think this one was any different?. I’m an intelligent woman, most say I’m attractive and usually the life of the party. But at 40 I’m yet to experience a ‘real’ relationship, if such a thing exists. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and although only mild, it has at times been a significant barrier to a normal life. As we have aged, an unspoken fear of genuine independence has galvanised my parents and I into inaction. Strange reactions, since my disability has not dominated my life to the extent that I feel, think or act like I am incapable. All of this was fine, the problem as getting others to understand it, and as a woman, especially men.
I’ve had very little experience with men, I can flirt with the best of them and have lots of male friends, but I’ve experienced every kind of rejection. From that questioning ‘can she do it?’ look to a guy freaking out at my difficulty at rolling over and jumping out of bed. As a result I had developed a poisoning scepticism that the right man would never come. I was around 36 when it finally materialised, surprisingly he was a friend of some 15 years. He was at that time 45 and in a relationship with a woman 20 years his junior. In many ways they were well suited but their differences became obvious as their relationship progressed. Looking back on it, like a fool I fell for his sob stories and unwaveringly supported them through an unplanned pregnancy and his doubts about impending parenthood as well as every sneeze, cough or fart they couldn’t cope with. At the time I welcomed the mentoring role I felt for once I was the strong and capable one, I felt useful, needed and wanted.
He and I enjoyed each other’s company in a way I never had before. It slowly became an affair, despite my inexperience I was realistic enough to recognise it as more an intellectual one than a sexual one. It was about confidence. I believed he was showing me I could be with anyone I wanted, that the barriers I had experienced in the past were more about my own fears than other people’s prejudices.
Our affair was a sporadic adventure that survived more than 2 years but it died a natural death. I was very pragmatic about it, he was very attractive and charismatic and it felt good to be with him. At no stage did I have an expectation that I would be his next girlfriend, in fact I even met a couple of them. I liked these women and didn’t try to compete with them.
He had done so much to build my confidence but in minutes it was demolished. I was at his home meeting his latest squeeze, a high profile local community figure. All was going swimmingly when suddenly the mood changed. What happens next might seem in the scheme of things not that devastating but in context of the person I had grown to become under his tutelage, has left an indelible scar deeper than any surgeon’s knife. Although I still have no explanation as to why, I was, in no uncertain terms asked to leave. Rather than slap him in the face and turn on my heel and walk out I needed help getting into my wheelchair. Little flexibility in my legs means I’ve always had difficulty putting my shoes on, so he had to do that too. I have suffered no greater indignity or humiliation than to be forcibly removed from his house. That woman sitting there watching as I was wheeled out, my head down, stripped of all dignity and control. Put away. Got rid of. Unwanted. Humiliated by the one person I never expected would ever label me with Disablism. I will get over the fact our friendship ended and that he never wants to see me again, but how do I get over the indignity and humiliation?


Anonymous Tim S said ... (4:58 PM) : 

Sad to discover I missed this. Have been catching up on the other amazing posts people have written though. Will plan on joining BADD 2013.


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